REAL CREATIVE LIVES

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The story of how one CreativeLive student turned his passions into a feast for the eyes (and a booming career).

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He had a scholarship, a spot on the olympic development soccer team, and graduate school calling. Then he left it all behind.

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Photographer Alain Gutiérrez documents the daily life and stories of Cuba and its people, and he’s committed to helping the next generation of Cuban photographers to work for their dreams.

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Sometimes the world shouts at you to take life in a different direction – even if that means you are supposed to have a crippling panic attack so intense, that all you can do is take shelter under your desk in the middle of your shift at work.

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Determined to shine a light on the stories of everyday people in Egypt's Arab Spring, Genevieve discovered she needed a community to learn from and connect to, becoming the consummate storyteller she is today.

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As a Somali refugee. Yasmin faced many obstacles in pursuit of her photography education. By connecting to a community of creators, she found inspiration, support, and developed the skills to start her own photography business.

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As she photographed her autistic son, Twyla learned to appreciate his abilities in a new way and found a new purpose for her business to take portraits of similar families. Through the creative community, she gained the tools and support to make that dream a reality.

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Ryan took a giant leap of faith, uprooting his life of over ten years in the restaurant industry. Learning the marketing skills to make the change, helped him push past the self-doubt and fear. With know-how and confidence, he went after the career of his dreams.

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